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Dec 10, 2012 5:00pm EST
hosted by the foundation for defense of democracy here in washington d.c. this is just over 40 minutes. >> great. thanks very much, david. thank you to all of you. thank you, senator casey. grateful for your remarks and service. we are going to do a topic that is going to sound technical, non-proliferation policy in the wake of the arab spring, but i want to put this to some human terms. this is the sum of all of your panel. i spent the entire night last night time to think of a way to do this and entertaining and humorous way. there is no such a way. this is about weapons of mass destruction in the middle east. it is a serious topic, and we have very serious experts. people who are the leading rights in non-proliferation. joe had the privilege of spending a year working with in a project on the lease nonproliferation, and we're going to have a very detailed report that we will be issuing in january. well over 100 pages already. very specific recommendations on how to deal with this grave threat. we have talked about the iranian nuclear program, the pursuit of nuclear weapons, the
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 5:00pm EST
threat is our debt. we are endlessly reminded that everything must be on the table including defense which accounts for 20% that you probably know of the budget that the defense doesn't seem to be on the table in terms of lightly discussed solutions or strategies. instead we confront the sequestration, a thoroughly bad idea for getting the defense budget or any other budget unless we take action we could take a fiscal or economic crisis that forces the cuts to the military priorities, steep and arbitrary cuts that are more coherent or prioritized. the question is can we and how do we achieve savings that can improve our fiscal outlook while meeting our national security needs. to quote at arnall mullen again, he said the pentagon budget was basically doubled in the last decade and in doubling the ability to prioritize to make the decisions to deutsch analyses to make trades. we also need a review of the defense strategy that makes sure that we are preparing for the threats and risks of the 21st century, not those of the past. the efforts on the longest lines to help advance the best
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Dec 4, 2012 11:00pm EST
and the stability. he was the defense of our liberty and use enter, disabled for life, he developed a unique personal understanding of his fellow americans excluded from the mainstream. here's the problem, bob fought to ensure not only that no american would be relegated to the back, but in the case of the disabled, and no one would be prevented from boarding the bus. bob dole has been a leader on the issue of disabilities from the moment he stepped foot into the chamber. provided is unthinkable it is unthinkable that americans could not get over a curb or enter a school building or watch a debate in the chamber if they were in a wheelchair. april 14, 1969, the same day that he was injured, in the hills of italy, 24 years ago, bob dole has been a leader on behalf of people with disabilities. bills like the rehabilitation act of 1973 and the individuals with disabilities education act, the developmental disabilities act and the americans with disabilities act. he was responsible for including people with disabilities in the telecommunications act of 1996. ensuring that people with disa
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2012 8:00pm EST
our debt. we are endlessly reminded that everything must be on the table, including defense, which accounts for about 20% -- as you probably know -- of the budget. but defense doesn't really seem to be on the table in terms of widely-discussed solutions or strategies. instead, we confront sequestration, a thoroughly bad idea for getting a defense budget or any other budget. unless we take action, we could face a fiscal or economic crisis that forces cuts to our military priorities, steep and arbitrary cuts that are neither coherent, nor prioritized. the question is, can we and how do we achieve savings that can improve our fiscal outlook while meeting our national security needs? to quote admiral mullen again, he said the pentagon budget was basically doubled in the last decade, and in doubling we have lost the ability to prioritize. to make hard decisions, to do tough analyses, to make trades. we also need a review of our defense strategy that makes sure that we are preparing for the threats and risks of the 21st century, not those of the past. the foundation has funded two effort
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Dec 6, 2012 8:00pm EST
our job, secretary of veterans apairs and secretary of defense, we have to make it clear there's got to be good cooperation at all levels. this effort can want be about surf. it's got to be about serving our veterans. i'm very encouraged that the level of collaboration between the two departments, i believe, better than it's ever been in the past, yet, we have to reach much deeper into a level of collaboration that will meet needs of our veterans. we owe it to them to give them the tools they need to put their lives back together and pursue their goals whether it's getting a good education, best health care, or axeling in a new government, serving in government, or starting a business. as i said before, this is, in many ways, a national security issue. it goes to the heart of taking care of the people that fight for us, and ensuring that we can then recruit the very best force that's possible. part of that is making sure we maintain faith with our troops and with our families. we have to give them confidence that they have world class support systems that they earned when they came i
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Dec 7, 2012 11:00pm EST
missile defense, our pasture there, and that of our allies and partners. >> well, yes, i have nothing further to add they are can wanted to discuss that with our allies to determine the times and location so i have nothing more than that. when it comes to missile ballistic defense, there's a problem that affects our partners, allies in the region, as well as the homeland in that we'll continue to wait for opportunity to be able to strengthen our partnerships and our capabilities with our allies to be able to deal with the threats as they e emerge. we're going that today. >> intercepters, anything else? >> at this point in time, i'm not prepared to talk about any of the details of that. i would just say that we continue to look for opportunities to improve our capabilities as the threat set changes and grows. >> [inaudible] india, first trip, give us a sense of what kind relations nay have with india and who will be your proprieties, and basically, u.s. was included as a partner with -- [inaudible] how help you in your activities? >> stating with the last question first. as far as the
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 6:00am EST
foundation for defense of democracy's annual washington forum. my name is kenneth schwartz. i have the pleasure of introducing distinguished public official robert kc, senior senator from the state of pennsylvania. you served since 2007 as chairman of near east and south asia subcommittee, senate foreign relations committee only in the first term. one can scarcely imagine a more challenging time, the past two years in the middle east have seen wars in international borders, collapse of regimes in decades and the rise of political movements that may yet turn hostile in the united states and its allies. new developments, he has led the way on many issues of great concern to ftd. he is founder and co-chair of the bipartisan senate caucus on weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, in that capacity worked across the partisan divide to highlight serious threats of -- weapons of mass deliberation. he has done as much to run our greatest threat in the middle east and often lead the way on pressure advancing nuclear activities and efforts to destabilize the middle east. in 2009 senator casey ra
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 12:00pm EST
it most recently this week in working through a large and complex defense authorization bill that will keep our nation safer and more secure in these perilous times. it will take more of this kind of cooperation and consensus building to address the very real and substantial challenges facing our nation today. that is why i'm deeply concerned about a proposal floated recently by some members of the majority regarding the rules of the senate. they propose to change the nearly 100-year-old senate rule that requires a two-thirds majority to change the operating rules of the senate. our colleagues in the majority are proposing to use a simple majority vote to make the change. that's the issue here. the issue is the manner in which they plan to do it. once the precedent of changing a rule with a simple majority vote is established, 51 senators could change the rules to suit their own convenience. in other words, they want to break the rules in order to change the rules. that would be a big mistake. that would be, as the majority leader himself said in his own book, the death of the sen
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2012 7:00am EST
department of defense to bring events like this throughout the year and band concerts throughout the summer. this memorial is a very sacred place. where we come to visit, to remember, to reflect, and commemorate the defining moment of world war ii. and to honor those who serve both on the battlefront and on the homefront, and the families that were left behind. this memorial honors the more than 16 million men and women who serve in our armed forces during world war ii. and more than 400,000 of those men and women never returned home. and the additional millions that supported the war efforts, from america's arsenals of democracy on this homefront. world war ii generation fought the most destructive war in history. they fought that war against great odds. not only did they fight and win that war, and say this nation, but they literally saved the world. this nation will never forget our world war ii veterans, all of our veterans and their families, and especially those who gave all their tomorrows. as an 18 or 19 year old, all of your tomorrow's comic is a very high price to pay so th
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Dec 6, 2012 9:00am EST
that go into territorial waters. so are you going to participate in upcoming defense talks with chinese? and what message do you want to tell them? thank you. >> well, thank you for that question. of course the issues that are being placed today in a south china sea and other areas in the north and central, east asia, i think are quite complicated because of the nature of the territorial disputes, some of them historic, some of them now driven by the need for access to resources in those areas, and that's i think to some degree has motivated some of the activities that you see, seeing there. the u.s. position as you know is that we don't take sides on territorial disputes. there's many of those around the globe, not just in the south china sea. but we do want them resolve peacefully, without coercion. and that we call on all the parties there, including the chinese, to ensure that as they approach these problems that they do so in a way that avoids conflict, that avoids miscalculation, that uses the vehicles available today through diplomacy and through those legal forums that a
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 5:00pm EST
. president, over the next few weeks we have time to conference and pass a defense authorization bill. we have time to debate and avoid the fiscal cliff. we have time to address a farm bill and dozens of others -- other important issues, and we have time to address the transcend ant issue of the universal rights of mankind. mr. president, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from south dakota. mr. thune: i rise today in strong support of the legislation before us to enact permanent normal trade relations with respect to russia and moldova. this will put in place a new mechanism for combating human rights abuses, commonly known as the magnitsky bill. the economic argument for the legislation before us is clear. russia is the world's sixth largest economy. the world's fifth largest global importer of agricultural products and home to 140 million potential customers, the largest consumer market in europe. russia is already an important and growing market for united states businesses. of the top 15 u.s. trading partners, russia was the market where american companies enjoyed
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 11:00pm EST
? well, i believe we can. i absolutely believe we can. i believe we can save more out of defense. and i've been somebody, i've supported every penny. i didn't vote for going to war in iraq, thought that was a huge mistake, but i've supported every dollar of spending for our troops in the field. and i can tell you, as a budget committee chairman, we can save more money in defense. and there are lots of republicans who know we can do it, too. mr. president, other mandatory, that's another category the republicans said save $300 billion there. i think they're $100 billion too high because we've already saved over $100 billion out of other mandatory spending in the budget deal we did last year. so let's save $200 billion. that would represent, again, 4% of what we are projected to spend over the next ten years in other mandatory spending. $5.1 trillion is what we're programmed to spend. $200 billion of savings there would represent 4%. again, i've had colleagues tell me, well, we can't possibly save $200 billion. i've had some staff people tell me we can't save $200 billion. so i say, oka
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 5:00pm EST
people to work together win. whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problem of modern society, end quote. this is a simple lesson, one we all learned as children. this is what we need to do now. stakes couldn't be higher. more than $7 trillion of tax cuts in medicare payments and programs for unemployed will expire in just 27 days am today. adding to these spending cuts and tax increases or sequestration, cuts of almost 10% of both defense and nondefense, and cuts of 2% medicare. it would be hard to find a single american not affected by these changes. you all know how serious this is. you believe, like me, that we can do it. to prevent fiscal crisis. but the answer is not just extend all of these tax cuts and delight all of these cuts. that is not the answer. this is an opportunity, an opportunity to commit to balance plan, to bring our national debt back down to sustainable levels. the united states, i believe come is at a critical juncture. we can come together, show the world we are still responsible actors. we can prove that america is still the leader of a global
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2012 7:00am EST
, bill, they came from remains, involving -- the defense department, so he, he was interested in politics all the way along and he stayed involved working for the american government. those three were very seriously injured early in their time in north africa, which is in a way why they survived. >> rachel cox, this is your book, "into dust and fire: five young americans who went first to fight the nazis." we didn't want to give voice to much of the indian. we gave away a little of it. rachel cox has another uncle who became rather notorious, and that is who? >> archibald cox to everyone in my family called him uncle bill. nobody knows why. that was his nickname. maybe just didn't like being called archie, i don't know spent so you called him uncle bill? >> yes. >> he is well-connected to the watergate era. what do you remember about that era? >> well, i think the general feeling was that it was characteristic of him to resign when his put in a position. i guess he was fired actually. he didn't resign, but anyway, he left. he wouldn't be with the president told him to do what he
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 9:00am EST
defense settlement and the objective the nhs budget and the object to the education budget, even though nhs schools are going up, and what exactly would they do? the problem is as was evident from the shadow chancellor's response, they didn't have anything to say on these matters but if they had a credible deficit plan then we would listen to the questions they ask us about the priorities of those plans. >> john stephenson. >> this cools and colleges of 270 million are extremely welcome. schools and colleges such as those in my constituency plans on the runway ready to take off, just in a little additional financial support. will the chancellor help those colleges and schools? >> i'm very happy to look personally at the case my honorable friend makes for his local education facility. these are of course other government departments but we have provided the money for education, for new free schools and academies. and i'm sure that carlyle should be looked at. >> steve reed. >> chancellor aware because of his continuing inadequate level of funding to school building which today's s
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 12:00pm EST
the department of defense to consider what ways we might also engage in terms of institutional development with the defense institutions and that's something in the last several years where we are ramping up in the department of the ability to provide advisers and other types of institutional reform engagement with various military partners to ensure that just as we are looking at strengthening of the tactical level we are also focusing on the institutional strength of these defense institutions. >> ms. dory can we afford to wait a year for planning, training, assembly of a regional force for the completion of negotiations for the successful election in some press accounts aqim is described as this point the best funded and best equipped most potentially lethal affiliate in the world and those accounts are overblown but the suggestion is we should have an area the size of texas controlled by terrorists engaged in drug trafficking and kidnappings that have had an inflow of some sophisticated weapons. can we afford to wait a year for the regional solution. >> i think one of the t
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 6:00am EST
the defense is a good of security assistance management. want to welcome all of you and would will start, i think will start with you, dr. shaffer, since you're the prettiest gal at the table. >> thank you for the opportunity to testify in front of this committee. would often think of iran as the middle eastern country but actually it sits in the crossroads of a number of regions, southwest asia, central asia and the caucasus. and actually the influence between iran and the south caucasus is two ways. not only is iran as you point out directly extremely active in diversion in the region and destabilizing any of the countries that are pro-western in the region, but also there's two-way influence because iran is both multiethnic edged up after member have the operation of a rant is in persian. the whole of the population of iran, a third is ethnic pashtun die. this is what drives iran's policies in the region is to destabilize other to make sure its own ethic by jordi's will not be detracted. and for this reason we find the islamic republic of iran is actually an ally of christian ar
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2012 5:00pm EST
defensive, i think that is you know the central underlying but suppressed element between obama and romney on foreign-policy. i think romney, you know i read a piece for salon about that debate and one of the things i went back and read was from the speech in virginia where he made the most bold statement on foreign-policy. that is a rough speech. people who want to bid for romney should read the speech where he says you know we should be doing much more about keeping more troops in iraq and doing all this sort of stuff and then he's coming back to the notion that obama is reading an apology to her and he doesn't really believe in america. i think that language in 1952 about criticizing the democrats and being wimpy on fighting the fight against communism, there is a direct line. on that i feel very safe. there's also a direct line about the totalitarianism and socialism on the part of task sites within the republican party and the kind of tea party language of today. so i do think there's a lot of kind of similarities that what is remarkable to me is that you now, what is obvious t
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2012 9:00pm EST
. thorton is going forward and come to the defense of her alleged assail i can't and says in the trial at arthur never lifted the ax she never believed he intended to hurt her she felt safe in his presence. he was just -- and she wanted the it to go away. and he did this and this and managed to get ore people to override the testimony. so arthur is convicted. there's only one punishment for that which is the death penalty. and so arthur bowen goes on to death row, and? january of 1836, is sentenced to death. and with the clock ticking, mrs. thorton does something even more -- it was amazing snuff enough she had testified on arthur's behalf on criminal trial. she starts out recruiting her friends in high society and she was very prominent woman. many prominent friend, easy access to the leadership of the country. she weptd to the vice president van buren and said use your good officings with the president jackson, tell him he should pardon arthur, you know. his mother is very good and, you know, she
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2012 8:00pm EST
defense are not quite, you know, it's a complicated issue. the budget and allocations negotiation between, you know, the president, the congress, and with input from the state department, but to answer the question more directly, i don't know why, you know -- we were certainly concerned before we went in there that it was the anniversary of september 11th, not a great time to be riding around. we didn't see ourselves, but we were, you know, not prominent targets, but we are westerners, and we stick out in a place like benghazi. there had been a pattern of attacks in benghazi over the course of the previous six months, and they were all high profile officials or international diplomats. one would have to say that was a prominent target so unexplained question -- i have not heard any convincing answers as to why that was the case. cultural center, he was in the in benghazi to meet with us because i heard he was in town when i arrived, and that made it into various press club, you know, the media, various places, and, you know, there's so much misinformation running around, and given the cam
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Dec 7, 2012 9:00am EST
military and national defense, number three. increasing taxes on all americans. majority of americans, reducing spending on programs that benefit the poor like medicare and welfare, that's at 51. reducing spending on programs that benefit the elderly like social security and medicare, only at 34. so as you can see again, compromise is an interesting issue. it becomes very, very complicated. so that's a quick snapshot of this survey. [inaudible] ron has done that also. that is coming up, and thank you very much. [applause] >> [inaudible] ♪ ♪ ♪ >> i am 25. this is my third year out of college and i'm on my third job. >> i'm semi-retarded. i've always been a salesman multinational corporations, also a stockbroker. and now i'm selling language programs that is family-owned and run, working a small company is great spent my name is jason. i'm a real estate agent and an investor. >> and i am case manager and also -- spent my name is rod rodriguez. i consider myself leigh keno. born in cuba. when i came to america i was eight years old. really, right now my hobby is my childr
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Dec 12, 2012 9:00am EST
relentless months-long campaign akin to a defense at a trial. she marshalled all the data and the best arguments, and when decision day finally arrived, not only were two of the three maine facilities told to remain open, one of them was actually expanded. it's stories like this that help explain why olympia's constituents keep sending her back to washington by such wide, wide margins and why so many were shocked to hear that she would be leaving at the end of the year. as one shipyard worker in portsmouth whose job she helped save put it, we love her, we love her and she loves us. and i can't recall ever saying that publicly about a u.s. senator, the ship worker said, but truly she is a wonderful person. senator snowe will tell you many of her political views solidified during her modest maine upbringing. her parents ran a diner near augusta, and while they didn't have much, her father was adamant she receive a good education. so much so that he was dismayed to learn her kindergarten only lasted half the day. he was convinced, she once said, that i was getting off on the wrong foot. i
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Dec 10, 2012 11:00pm EST
to pay the defense on all of this on every different aspect and we have to stay vigilant with whatever voting system we are using and what ever requirement we have. >> it's a very interesting idea. what do you think? >> i didn't answer the question before and i'm still a lot -- >> i want to say this, you are asking -- connect you are asking the right question i think because -- [laughter] >> thank you, professor. >> a lot of the the data over the photo i.d. has been and on and off switch. i think maybe the conversation will move in the next few years to the best practices scenario we need to show a photo i.d. for the bout. florida however as a signature matched with their poll workers. what is the best way of achieving the results and they will move in that direction over the next few years rather than this sort of yes and no attention that we've got. >> and to that point not all of the laws are the same, there are some strict photo laws the recalled photo laws the you don't need to cast a ballot under them, and a lot of them i heard a lot of people say look, the democrats in
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2012 7:45am EST
war ii phenomenon that created the joint chiefs of staff, secretary of defense. during the civil war, in world war ii there was a secretary of war who was responsible for the army, and secretary of the navy, responsible for the navy who sat as co-equals on the cabinet table and they were members of the coalition press. they were on the same side without a doubt, but they were hardly partners. i became very clear early on to not only was halleck, general can't be done, jealous of his own command. he wanted to keep the forces under his own immediate control which he believed a need to capture this road a. but in addition to navy was equally jealous of partnering with the army. they didn't want to do. secretary of the navy was absolutely determined whenever possible that the navy should do things without upping the army. it was just that they couldn't do without the army. they really saw to do without the army. that was a good thing because then i got the headlines. so behind all of this difficulty that begins to emerge now, there is this sort of underpinnings of jealousy, competition,
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 11:00pm EST
program. from the foundations for defense of democracies, this is about an hour. >> good morning. it's a very interesting panel, so i want to get quickly to questions. publishers quickly set the stage. i don't need to tell anyone who's in this room about the deaths of the problem of human rights abuses in iran. i would just read very briefly from the report that the u.n. special rapporteur for iran files with the u.s. assembly september 20th 11 in the repertoire highlighted a pattern of systemic violations of human rights. iran has refused access to the united nations special rapporteur on human rights for for several years now. september 2011 the u.n. general submitted a report in which he said he was deeply troubled by reports of increased numbers of executions come amputations, arbitrary arrest and detention, unfair trials, torture and ill-treatment in a crackdown on human rights activists, lawyers, an opposition that exists. just to draw one prefix ample from the weeks news, there is actually a guess what qualifies in iran briefly is good news, a well-known human rights lawyer ende
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Dec 7, 2012 8:00pm EST
defense to bring events like this throughout the year and band concerts throughout the summer. this memorial is a very sacred place where we come to visit, to remember, to reflect, and commemorate the defining moment of world war ii. and to honor those who served both on the battle front and on the home front, and the families that were left behind. this me memorial honors more than the 16 million men and women who served in the arm forces during world war ii. and more than 400,000 of those men and women never rushed home -- returned home. and additional millions that supported the war effort from america's arsenal of democracy and from our farmlands on this home front. the world war ii generation fought the most destructive war in history. they fought that war against great odds, not only did they fight and win that war, and safe save this nation. they literally saved the world. this nation will never forget our world war ii veterans, all of our veterans and their families, and especially those who gave all their tomorrows. as a 18-year-old or 19-year-old all of your tomorrows is a
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 7:30am EST
the u.s. senate. on weeknights watched key public policy defense. every weekend the latest nonfiction authors and books on booktv. you can see past programs, get our schedules at our website, and you can join in the conversation on social media sites. >> twenty-five years ago the u.s. and the soviet union signed a treaty which removed thousands of nuclear missiles from europe. former reagan administration officials talk about the negotiations that led to the intermediate nuclear forces treaty. at this event hosted by the american foreign service association, it's an hour 20 minutes. >> okay. i think we're ready to go. i would invite everyone to take their seats. i'd like to wish all a very good morning. i'm susan johnson, the president of afsa, and i'd like to extend a very warm afsa welcome to you all, and thank you for coming to this important and special panel discussion, and also celebration of the 25th anniversary of the signing the inf treaty. special thanks of course go to our panelists and our moderator, and i should not talk, ridgway and burt, for sharing their experiences an
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Dec 8, 2012 6:00pm EST
frustrated ultimately by jewish defense. when the partition resolution came into being on may 14, 1948, seven arab armies invaded the new jewish state in an effort to prevent its emergence. that effort was also rebuffed. >> what was the size of the jewish state after the vote on the u.n. and they partitioned it off? >> i'll rephrase the answer a little bit. the jewish state that emerged as the state of israel at end of the war of independence, the beginning of 1949, was 30% larger than the jewish state created by the u.n. in november of 1947. israeli forces succeeded in pushing the arabs back. the israelis had conquered no sovereign arab territory, but that 30% would have been part of the palestinian-arab state had that state, in fact, come into being. as it happened, the area that was supposed to have been earmarked for the palestinian state was taken up by israel, by jordan which annexed the west bank. and by egypt which occupied the gaza strip. >> so didn't have gaza, didn't have the west bank. what part of jerusalem did they not have? >> they did not have the eastern part of jerusa
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Dec 5, 2012 12:00pm EST
. what i heard from our experts, from the department of defense, from the state department, from usaid as well as a range of outside experts and one witness who testified from bamaco, the capital of mali, is was of concern to me. this is the largest controlled area in the world. in the north, extremists have imposed a harsh and strict version of sharia, or islamic law, and gross human rights violations. many people have heard of timbuktu but don't know it's a city in northern mali. in a site where extremists have behaved much like the taliban did in afghanistan before 9/11, destroying sacred and religious historic artifacts, imposing a harsh version of sharia that has meant amputations, stoning, violation of women's rights and free speech and religious free exercise rights, fundamentalling changing the tolerance and inclusive history of mali and creating with it a humanitarian crisis as more than 400,000 malians have fled, either internally displaced within mali or going to neighboring countries with refugees. with growing ties between these terrorists and nigeria, libya and throughout
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Dec 5, 2012 7:30am EST
. that is as much as the entire defense budget. which is why in this autumn statement we showed that this coalition government is confronting the country's problems instead of ducking them. today we reaffirm our commitment to reducing the deficit, setting out the details of our spending plans for 2015-'16 and rolling forward an outlined framework into 2017-'18. we show our determination to do this fairly with further savings from bureaucracy, from the benefits bill and from the better off. we go on equipping britain to succeed in the global race by switching from current spending to capital investment in science, roads and education. we offer new support for business and enterprise so they can create the jobs we need. and in everything we do we will show today we are on the side of those who want to work hard and get on. mr. speaker, the office for budget responsibility has today produced its latest economic forecast, and it is a measure of the constitutional achievement that it has taken for granted that our country's forecast is now produced independently of the treasury, free from
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Dec 10, 2012 8:30am EST
medicare, on spending, on defense. and there are going to be different opinions about how we do it. and the truth is, there are going to be really hard choices, and people are not going to be able to all, um, have everything they want as we work as a country to try to dig ourselves out of a fiscal hole. so i'm actually not at all surprised, um, that people are concerned and worried about the choices as we're just trying to figure them out, but i am disappointed that when people are come anything good faith to try to have a real policy discussion about how to do it, that we're not able to. so that, i think, is going to be the kinds of challenges we have as we try to do what the campaign is doing, which is create a big table where we can have that discussion. i think senator portman was incredibly generous to say he looks forward to meeting with his constituents, and i would now like to invite him -- if you're willing to, senator -- to come up and can talk about some of the policies you wanted to talk about. [applause] >> actually, they just ghei my speech -- gave my speech. i'd like to grow,
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Dec 11, 2012 12:00pm EST
: so for 2013, we're talking about a total of $109 billion in cuts. the non-defense part of that, discretionary spending makes up about eight eight billion. -- 38 billion. non-defense mandatory is 16 billion. can you explain the difference? >> guest: the mandatory has to do with entitlement programs that are beneficiaries or committed to receiving by law and discretionary spending is where congress has an annual appropriation and that has a lot more flexibility year to year which to cut and which to raise. >> host: so if this happens, let's just begin with what's not on the table. what is exempted from sequestration when it comes to domestic spending? >> guest: well, there's a list of civilian, military pay, veterans benefits, a lot of the what would be called social welfare programs, like the food stamps or snap program. women, infant children. there's retirement, social security, medicaid is exempt. there is also federal salaries in terms of their general schedule brackets can not be affected. >> host: so there is a lot of cuts that would go through if sequestration happens but
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Dec 7, 2012 7:00pm EST
on iran who discusses iran's program. the foundation for the defense of democracies held this event. >> good morning. it's a very interesting panel so i want to get quickly into questions. very quickly set the stage. i don't need to tell anyone who is in this room about the depth of the problem of human rights abuses in iran. i would just read very briefly from the report that the u.p. report filed for the u.n.gen assembly when it was highlight, quote, pattern of systemic violations of human rights. iran has refused access to the united nations for several years, and the ug general assembly submitted a report in which he said he was, quote, deeply troubled by increased numbers of executions. a pew addition, arbitrary arrests and detention, unfair trials, torture, and ill treatment, and crackdown on human rights activityist, lawyers, journalist, and opposition activists, and to draw an example from the week's news theres actually what i gas what qualifies in iran for a slight bit of goodness. a well-known human rights lawyer ended her 49-day hunger strike on december 4th. her name is
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Dec 5, 2012 8:00pm EST
use an iphone. >> less question, senator rubio -- [inaudible] >> a defensive back coach, wasn't my fault. we didn't give up a pass, neither was there one attempted to be fair. it was a tremendous amount of fun. my seven my seven euros first year playing tackle football, so i had as much fun doing not if they ever had. >> we have a lot of new coaches and here. how do you connect? >> it's got to be fun for them. the most important thing you can do is not just about been a better player. if you can teach a kid early on to catch a ball, hold the ball right and tackle the proper form coming to keep them safe and having fun. it's very difficult to break labor. with a focus on head injuries they teach my kids how to tackle appropriately. >> and to make it fun, how do you do that? >> winning is fun winning is fun for me sicilia strikes were winning. it forces you to work with other people to accomplish your goal, particular on the particular on the offense is that there's very little you can do by yourself. you can be the best running back in the world, but if your box unexecuted come you
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Dec 13, 2012 5:00pm EST
, defense, taxes, business redporms, and political reforms needed in order to put us a prudent and sustainable path. bottom line is people have the politicians, discussed with a lack of progress, not resulting without rhetoric, and i was in town for private meetings, and private meetings on the hill and white house, and hopefully sanity prevails, and it will do something reasonable in the short term and build a bridge to something that's transformative next year, and because in the final animal sises as dave knows, we're in the same boat, share commonties, have to work together to solve the problems to create a better future. >> thank you. >> first thing is i have no idea what's going to happen with the fiscal cliff, and i have uneasy feeling that president obama and speaker boehner don't know either. it's a huge possible fiscal shock. it would be one the biggest fiscal shocks we've had since world war ii, and the only thing that's comparable is the vietnam surtax applied after military spending was already falling. falling off the cliff means recession. i think it could be much wo
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Dec 9, 2012 2:00pm EST
found john. little did i know that he was brother of ralph who works for the natural resources defense council. >> [inaudible] [laughter] one of the questions i have is -- [inaudible] in the work that i'm doing on climate and environmental justice work is how do you move from the vision, which is really exciting, think -- [inaudible] just how in thinking about some of the, some of the -- [inaudible] you talked about specifically meeting an infrastructure and some particular types of strategies, and -- [inaudible] space carved out, but there was a real question of what do we do in that space. but kind of more specifically, i'm wondering, um, how do we address, um, the issue of corporate power which you talked about as one of the problems corporate -- [inaudible] militarization, etc., how we address that in particular when we're thinking about bringing this multitude of movements together, and within that multitude -- environment, labor, etc. -- there are, there's a range of -- [inaudible] so i'm kind of struggling with this idea of having a multitude of -- [inaudible] but also having a
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Dec 8, 2012 2:45pm EST
one example, it was a truism that all the wars israel fought were in self-defense. but current scholarship reveals a very different picture. in his monumental study, "defending the holyland, the author who was formerly the head of strategic studies at tel aviv university, it's a very large volume, and the essence of e volume -- ere s some original work, but the essence of the volume is he surveys the whole gamut of mainstream scholarship on all the wars israel has fought. it's a very impressive, i think, scholarly achievement. but for our purposes what's more interesting is what ccludes. so let me quote him. israel's war experience is a story of folly, recklessness and self-made traps. none of t wars, with the possible exception of the 1948 war o independence, none of the wars israel foughtwere what raelis refer tos a war of necessity. the were all wars of choice or folly. that's the current scholarly consensus. israel's fabled purity of arms and liberal occupatio have not faredmuch better after coming nder the statute think of historians -- under thescriny of historians and hu
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Dec 12, 2012 12:00pm EST
. i believe we can save more out of defense. and i've been somebody, i've supported every penny. i didn't vote for going to war in iraq, thought that was a huge mistake, but i've supported every dollar of spending for our troops in the field. and i can tell you, as a budget committee chairman, we can save more money in defense. and there are lots of republicans who know we can do it, too. mr. president, other mandatory, that's another category the republicans said save $300 billion there. i think they're $100 billion too high because we've already saved over $100 billion out of other mandatory spending in the budget deal we did last year. so let's save $200 billion. that would represent, again, 4% of what we are projected to spend over the next ten years in other mandatory spending. $5.1 trillion is what we're programmed to spend. $200 billion of savings there would represent 4%. again, i've had colleagues tell me, well, we can't possibly save $200 billion. i've had some staff people tell me we can't save $200 billion. so i say, okay, how much are we going to spend? how much are we
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Dec 5, 2012 11:00pm EST
flooded to have defensible banking. >> chancellor. the >> again, i very much respect my right honorable friend plan. as an aggressive plan to reduce the bank elements of rbs. the plan is on track. as i said to this house earlier want to see more done and rbs is reducing the size quite considerably of its investment bank and of course it's also had advice recently from the financial policy committee. i hope it takes that advice into account. >> alistair darling. >> mr. speaker, the profiler pricing growth today looks remarkably similar to the same profile in 2010, which singularly trailed to materialize. is that one of the reason businesses that target. is there any reason we have more confidence the next set of figures which so recovered the ball to capital projects he announced today, which many support. can you tell us how many were actually started here? >> the first thing i'd say to the right honorable gentleman is it's produced by the budget responsibility. so this is the lpr's has to happen to gdp over the next two years. of course the reason why the forecast a few years
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Dec 12, 2012 8:00pm EST
defense to win. the defense is tough leagued testing and continued contract on the drug suppliers. the offense education and practical guidance. for the last 70 years my son mat and i have been playing offense. we reached out to thousand of active teens across the country encouraging them to play clean. that means eating well, training hard, playing with attitude. instead of using performance-enhancing drugs. we have made some progressive, but our work is far from over. today we have about 400,000 teams who report they have experimented with performance-enhancing drugs. many in middle school and one-third are young women. we discovered that five or six teams have never received education about performance-enhancing drugs or the consequences. once teams here -- hear they are illegal mess up your body development, and ruin their chances to play at the next level. they make smart decisions. now our work is to equip teen athletes and parents and coaches with programs making it easier to train we need to make it easier to do the right thing. plus, every year we have another million or so te
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Dec 8, 2012 9:00am EST
from each other. i will share this example from working with chuck schumer. we had the defense authorization bill. there is an area i am hard over, we have veterans to come home from iraq and afghanistan and they have the there have head trauma or lost the ability for short period of time to maybe manage their affairs. we have through executive orders in the past, now with this president but with republican presidents taken away their ability to own a gun. just a gun to go hunting. know where have they been adjudicated by the court to the degree that they should lose their second amendment rights. we had social workers or psychologists so in working through this we had some pretty tough stuff on the floor. i think we ought to figure out a way to do this on people who are not dangerous to themselves or anybody else and i had a way to roll chuck schumer last week. a second-degree amendment but i listened to him and said what are your real concerns? i chose not to roll it. i have a procedural way where i was going to win my amendment. that is what is not going on. what is going to
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Dec 12, 2012 5:00pm EST
sequences of our not acting, tax increases for every american taxpayer, massive cuts to defense at a time when the threats around the world are as varied and as great as we've seen in a long time. other essential programs of the federal government being affected by that. that's the last thing we need in this tepid economy with a lot of people out of work and hoping for some consensus to come together to provide a -- a long-term solution to our fiscal problem that continues to have a negative effect on our economy and more importantly, keeps people out of work. and so as that clock ticks, some are saying, well, partisanship is just too great in washington. the country's too divided. we're not going to be able to reach a consensus here in terms of how to address this problem. i disagree with that. over the last two years, and more, we have had a number of proposals brought forward on a bipartisan basis. it started with simpson-bowles, the former chief of staff to president clinton and al for a lon time, recognized asy two individuals that could take a look at the situation that we're i
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Dec 11, 2012 8:00pm EST
including the defense minister. additionally the drc has failed to ensure that its military adequately provide security for citizens. in fact, national forces for the democratic republic of congo is alleged to be a perpetrator of human rights violations. security sector reform is critical in the drc and the united nations organization stabilization mission has not been able to train military elements that too often terrorize their own people instead of protecting them. at this point it is vital to understand what the administration intends to do about the u.n. report on rwanda's violation of the arms embargo, nonstate groups in eastern drc and how this impacts u.s. relations with rwanda. furthermore, we must know how to evisceration tends to deal with the drc government invited his deficiencies and security sector reform. this hearing will take a comprehensive look at who is responsible for the security and eastern congo beyond the two government and militias. most attention is being paid to the rebel movement in eastern congo justifiably so. in light of the recent seizure t
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Dec 13, 2012 9:00am EST
of the major wireless providers have joined efforts to work with the department of defense. the testing of several systems identified in the ntia 2012 report. it appears as cost, time-consuming to relocate and the dod seems to be not cooperating in negotiating wealth with them. i guess the question is, have you followed this at all and what is -- >> are you asking about the 1755? yes. this is an area, there's a tremendous opportunity to move forward with testing around different bases but my understanding is that the dod and the wireless industries are in what i hope will be the final stages of negotiating the details of the arrangement. i think it's good for all, for all the parties here that there's bipartisan desire to move this process quickly so that we can test the ideas and free up spectrum in that band come and do it in time to parent with the other spectrum that congress has required us to auction by i believe 2015. >> we were just told a month ago things seem to come to a grinding halt. were you for me with a? >> my understanding is it's not moving as quick as we would
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Dec 13, 2012 12:00pm EST
debt would reach $804 billion in 2022, an amount greater than total u.s. defense spending in 2012. we all know that interest rates are also at historic lose lows because of the action of the federal reserve. and if they were to return to their historic norms, 4% and 5% range, you can see easily how our debt would spin out of control and there would be very little room to spend money either on safety-net programs or on national security. one more point. the president often says his tax increases would merely restore the top tax rates that prevailed when bill clinton was in the white house, but that's demonstrably false. thanks to new taxes under obamacare, including the new 3.8% surtax on investment income, top rates would be significantly higher than they would be under the clinton administration. and, of course, you're not just talking about federal taxes. people in -- all around the country have to pay state, loc local, and federal taxes, many of whom would end up paying the majority of their paycheck in taxes. here's the reality. tax cuts did not create our fiscal problems and so i
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Dec 11, 2012 9:00am EST
tracked and updated, and key decisions documented and defensible. finally, with regard to the cost estimate credibility, the rail authority did conduct a sensitivity analysis and an independent cost estimate, but these were limited to the initial construction segments. in addition, it did not conduct risk and uncertainty analysis to determine the likelihood that the estimates would be met. without these steps, decision-makers cannot identify the risks that may affect the projects cost. moving onto my second point, in addition to developing reliable cost estimates, the california high-speed rail project faces many challenges. chief among these is obtaining project funding beyond the initial 130-mile construction segment. while the rail authority has secured 11.5 billion for federal and state sources, it needs at least 57 billion in additional funding to complete the project. as with any large public infrastructure project, it is relying on public funding. in this case about 81% for the total construction cost. so financing is expected to come from unidentified private investment onc
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Dec 11, 2012 11:00pm EST
doha, and maybe not in terms of defense budget to one of the deputy vice president of the national coalition is a prominent activist in syria up. but to be clear when been in syria are part and parcel of the revolution. i hold a special admiration because behind-the-scenes when i was in the underground hospital. women sitting on a council? there were no woman sitting there but i would not say because to marginalize women but, it is highly dangerous to perform this write-down. and to go back and forth between the occupied and liberated areas. i am hopeful things will change in the future. they say they want to help end by the way, i attended a number of meetings and all introduced themselves to us as the interior of heads and they said they don't want to give people the impression we're taking it vantage of the situation. in the future there will be elections. and less than one month later there was another round of elections. i am hopeful for the future. but the country is still in the midst of war. everything as far from perfect. >> one more point*. with the council meetings takin
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Dec 11, 2012 6:00am EST
a train to nowhere, i'm not sure there is a good defense. for example, the gao says in its report that they had warned in july -- in june that states would be -- the states would be the primary recipients of the recovery act funds for high-speed rail but, says the gao, many states did not have rail plans that would, among other thing, establish strategies and priorities of rail investments in a particular state. well, my concern is whether the united states of america really has priorities of where to begin and where, where we would end. what we have seen in the past couple years ever since its initial important investment is no funding from the federal government. so we really in some kind of dream of our own to keep the notion going that somehow these states from west to east are continue to -- will continue to move forward because even under the best of circumstances as we approach the cliff which i still believe we will not go over, but in not going over it, there will be very significant reductions in every kind of program made. that's the case. i'd like to hear the case for
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Dec 10, 2012 12:00pm EST
. if we have a nor'easter our defenses are so far down that person's immune system is susceptible and thirdly, we come with less than 30 days to the -- this just has to be done. i feel like i have to be houdini to accomplish this so we are going to do this and so, secretary at look forward to your work and your help as we get to our colleagues as well. thank you mr. chairman. >> i will note this senator menendez will chair a subcommittee field hearing in new jersey next monday december december 10 on super storm sandy. senator toomey. >> thank you mr. chairman and thank you mr. secretary for joining us. i would like to understand better and aspects of the actuarial review. the question arises from the interest-rate assumptions and the interest-rate interest rate environment that is used to determine the prevailing view about the value of the mutual mortgage insurance fund and the family fund. more specifically, you observe on page eight of your testimony the fact the worst shape the fund is to simplify that and you walk through the mechanisms by which a lower interest rates while good
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Dec 13, 2012 2:00am EST
believe we can. i absolutely believe we can. i believe we can save more out of defense. and i've been somebody, i've supported every penny. i didn't vote for going to war in iraq, thought that was a huge mistake, but i've supported every dollar of spending for our troops in the field. and i can tell you, as a budget committee chairman, we can save more money in defense. and there are lots of republicans who know we can do it, too. mr. president, other mandatory, that's another category the republicans said save $300 billion there. i think they're $100 billion too high because we've already saved over $100 billion out of other mandatory spending in the budget deal we did last year. so let's save $200 billion. that would represent, again, 4% of what we are projected to spend over the next ten years in other mandatory spending. $5.1 trillion is what we're programmed to spend. $200 billion of savings there would represent 4%. again, i've had colleagues tell me, well, we can't possibly save $200 billion. i've had some staff people tell me we can't save $200 billion. so i say, okay, how muc
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